Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It will be the first institution dedicated to
celebrating America's literary luminaries. American
literary luminaries are getting their first museum. The American Writers
Museum announced last week that it will open in Chicago with exhibits
celebrating some of the greats such as Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Margaret
Mitchell, and Dr. Seuss. Ideal for Chicago's many visitors, the museum
will be located downtown just across from Millennium Park on North Michigan
Avenue, in close proximity to a spate of stylish new hotels. The American
Writers Museum will be the country's first museum dedicated to celebrating
all American writers both past and present, akin to the well-respected Dublin
Writers Museum. Through such a wide lens, the museum will be able to examine
the full breadth of America's literary tradition and celebrate the influence
writers have had on shaping our cultural identity. Of course, it's not
unusual to find museums dedicated to specific writers in their hometowns.
Thomas Wolfe has a museum in Asheville, North Carolina; there's a National
Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California; William Faulkner's home is open for
tours in Oxford, Mississippi; and you can see where Louisa May Alcott wrote
Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. Through its affiliates program, the
American Writers Museum will incorporate expertise from those museums as well.
Specific plans for museum exhibits are still in the works, but there are a
few intriguing possibilities listed on the museum website. These rotating
exhibits might include topics like banned books, villains in American
literature, the immigrant experience, and writers on writers. The American
Writers Museum aims to open in 2017, so expect these details to be shaded into
the museum plans over the years to come. The American
Writers Museum is set to open in Chicago, becoming the first museum dedicated
to celebrating American literary luminaries. Read on for details.

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